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April 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

SIFF channels Jimi Hendrix for opening night

For its 40th annual edition, the Seattle International Film Festival will open May 15 with “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” a drama about the early years of Seattle rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Written and directed by John Ridley (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “12 Years a Slave”), the film stars musician/actor André Benjamin (half of…


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November 11, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Seattle Times contest: Ballet Memories

On Nov. 30, the curtain will rise on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 30th anniversary production of “Nutcracker,” designed by Maurice Sendak and choreographed by Kent Stowell back in 1983. It’s a production full of children — and those mice, soldiers and servants of the original cast are now approaching middle age, and possibly looking back…


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October 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Rewind: Live chat with author Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George, bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley mysteries (and a local; she currently lives on Whidbey Island), dropped by Friday for a live chat. She talked with readers and Seattle Times arts writer Moira Macdonald about “Just One Evil Act,” the 18th novel in the popular Lynley series, and the writer’s life. View…


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July 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

A new position for PNB’s Jeffrey Stanton

Seattle’s loss is Portland’s gain: Jeffrey Stanton, long a popular principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet (with the company 1994-2011) and currently a faculty member there, has accepted a position as ballet master with Oregon Ballet Theater. He’ll begin work there in August. And a snappy goodbye to you, Mr. Stanton! Best of luck to him…



February 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new season begins to take shape

Though it’s still early days, PNB is notifying subscribers this week of what its 2013/2014 season might look like (subject to change, as seasons are all about budgets). Among the highlights: a world premiere ballet (currently untitled) by Twyla Tharp, who’s in residence at the company for several months this year, and which will be…



February 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

PNB heads to New York

Romeo et Juliette,” Jean-Christophe Maillot’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s tale, continues at Pacific Northwest Ballet for another week, but that’s not the only news out of PNB these days. The company’s headed to New York — it’s PNB’s first all-company tour there since 1996 — for three more performances of “Romeo et Juliette” and…



January 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Postlewaite/Pantastico return for one more ‘Romeo et Juliette’

If you have fond memories of the remarkable pairing of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Lucien Postlewaite and Noelani Pantastico in “Romeo et Juliette” a few years back — have I got a hot ticket for you. Both dancers have since left the company, to join R&J choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, but they’re returning…



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